Inspirational Medical Students impacting many


As noted in previous posts, I am so blessed each year to be a reviewer for The Arnold P. Gold Foundation — Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest.

And this year … as in every year … what amazing insights, empathy, compassion, wisdom, heart and mind shared in the prose of these caring medical students.

Hope Babette Tang-Goodwin, MD was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, whose devotion and generosity to the care of the children and infants with HIV infection in New York City was an inspiration to her colleagues and her students. Her approach to medicine combined a boundless enthusiasm for her work, intellectual rigor and deep compassion for her patients. In sum, Hope was a Gold DOC – an exemplar of excellent, compassionate and respectful patient care.

This year’s prompt … Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity (Pema Chodron) … provided fertile ground for writing and the essays were amazing.

Today the Foundation has announced the winners. And they are truly inspiring … (see below including links to the essays themselves for our First – Second – Third place finishers).

First Place

Kristen Zozulin, 1st Year, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

Second Place

A Common Humanity We All Share
Nicole Chicoine, 1st Year, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Third Place


You Can Touch Me Now
Ajibike Lapite, 3rd Year, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

There are many flames of goodness in the healthcare system.

And these medical students / future leaders will ensure we continue to fan these flames as we develop relationship centered and compassionate care models, improve safety and outcomes, and bring humanity back into healing … healthCARING.

Read more HERE





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